Cocke County judge on trial second time for judicial misconduct

Cocke County judge on trial second time for judicial misconduct

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NEWPORT (AP) - The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary is hearing a second judicial misconduct complaint against Cocke County General Sessions Judge John Bell.

The trial began Wednesday in Newport and could last the rest of the week.

Presiding Judge Don R. Ash wrote a denial of Bell's motion to toss the case against him, writing that Bell used a "put up or shut up" approach.

Bell is accused of mishandling a civil case filed by David Pleau over a traffic accident, and then conspiring with attorney Tom Testerman to try to get Pleau to drop his complaint.

Two years ago, Bell was brought before the judiciary court, but he struck a deal to drop the case by promising to not sent probationers from his court to his brother-in-law's probation firm.

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